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How to Read the Tarot

Begin by brewing a cup of tea,
a nervine, lemon balm or chamomile,
this is after all, your future.
A reading at the dark of the moon is best,
before the night creatures crawl
and bad humours fill the air.
Pick a circular deck, with a fairy-tale motif,
and no reversals.
Hold a question in your heart,
shuffle the cards and place them on the table.
Choose only two.
Like the ancient Israelites,
these are your seer stones, Urim and Thumimm,
black and white, yes or no.
Isn't that all you were asking?

the golden mean

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July 23, 2021 at 4:40pm
July 23, 2021 at 4:40pm
Dialing it In

God pocket dialed
Joan of Arc.
She was canonized.
I am robo called
only to be
scammed and choused.

24 syllables

Prompt: choused

Tarot of the Saints--St. Joan--Queen of Swords--Believe in your own convictions.
July 19, 2021 at 10:22am
July 19, 2021 at 10:22am

There is not much wildlife
in a condo community,
rabbits, squirrels, and once a bear.
On my square of spikey Florida grass
I daydream of the elements below me.
An inch wide and a mile deep
there are roots, worms, fungal threads.
Bacteria live in ancient basalt.
Earth's stony core breathes in and out.
All the wildlife I need.

10 lines, 60 words, Prompt: Wild about Wildlife

Gaian Tarot: Guardian of Earth--Live intimately aligned with Earth.
July 11, 2021 at 1:11pm
July 11, 2021 at 1:11pm

Foraged mushrooms
a secret spot
a fungal feast
earthy aromatic
archaic umami.

24 syllables

prompt: archaic

Cook's Tarot--Page of Pentacles---Pay attention to what your senses are telling you.
July 10, 2021 at 2:51pm
July 10, 2021 at 2:51pm
Call and Response

Prayer flags are breathing.
You are the eye of the storm.
You suspire with fire.

Silent temple bells
you are an ear for the wind
etching grooves upon my heart

Pholarchos Tarot--Four of Wings--Chant a message through your lips.
July 5, 2021 at 10:49am
July 5, 2021 at 10:49am

When you choose
between two things
the gratuitous universe
into parallel worlds.
Choose well.

24 syllables

prompt: gratuitous

Pholarchos Tarot--Queen of Wings--The path is full of scattered poems.
June 28, 2021 at 3:39pm
June 28, 2021 at 3:39pm

Birds everywhere
We are dancing
photons crashing
fastened by touch

Our bodies turn
old in a rush
time's not enough
Yes, skin to skin

Form: Pathya Vat

Pholarchos Tarot--13--Death--The pollen of a trillion flowers makes and unmakes you.
June 28, 2021 at 10:32am
June 28, 2021 at 10:32am

When I was ten, a city girl
I went to day camp
in an urban park.
We built campfires, roasted hotdogs,
strung chokecherry necklaces.
It was still camping.

At seventy, I use walking poles
because of bad hips
to stroll the boardwalk
at a cypress slough.
I sit on a bench for hours
watching turtles and water birds.
It is still camping.

Prompt: Camping
13 lines
60 words

Oracle of the Essences--Cypress--Adaptability--Embrace change in peaceful, harmonious ways.
June 20, 2021 at 1:41pm
June 20, 2021 at 1:41pm
Juneteenth 2021

this jocund day
of jubilee, dance and song.
A President kneels before
Opal Lee.

24 syllables

Pholarchos Tarot--Ace of Coral--every potential is swimming in a cup of love
June 13, 2021 at 7:25pm
June 13, 2021 at 7:25pm

Girls at Cracker Barrel:
Center-parted, long straight hair
tanned skin.
Poignant memories of
Woodstock summer.

24 syllables
Prompt: poignant

Pholarchos Tarot--10-Wheel of Fortune--Rising and falling along the Wheel of Time
June 12, 2021 at 11:54am
June 12, 2021 at 11:54am
Father's Day

He doesn't know it's Fathers Day
or that I am "the daughter".
There is a lacuna
in the place where I should be.
I pour Cointreau in our teacups
for courage and pull up
Charlie Haden's Song of the Whales
on my phone.
His shelves and tables
are littered with driftwood and shells
from shores he has known.
I hand him a rough, weathered totem
and ask, "Can you show me how the water moves?'.
Slowly, cautiously he moves the talisman:
Up, down, circles, spirals,
a figure eight for eternity
For this Sunday
driftwood and whale song
is the medicine we need.

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19 lines
106 words
Prompt: Free write about Father's Day

Pholarchos Tarot--Seven of Wings--How will you use the wings you have woven?

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